Sometimes you may want to see the screen of your Android phone on your computer. How do you do that? A few years ago, the best methods required that you root your Android device.
But you can now easily mirror Android to your desktop or laptop without rooting. We will walk you through the simple steps to display an Android phone screen on your PC or Mac.
Why mirror Android to your PC?
Why would you want to mirror your Android screen to a PC? There are many reasons. You may be an app developer and want to check the results of your code without constantly reaching for your phone. You may want to share photos on a big screen without uploading them. Or maybe you need to give a quick presentation with a projector connected to your PC.
The fastest and easiest way, as you will discover, requires no installation on your phone and a simple program for your computer.
Screen Mirroring Android to PC: What You Need
scrcpy is the best software to view your phone screen on your PC for free via USB or Wi-Fi. It works on all desktop operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. You don’t need to download or install any app on your Android phone.
While you can use a wireless connection with Scrcpy, it is best when used via USB. It comes with quite a few features including camera access for webcam usage and screen recording options.
Here’s what you need to get started:
- The Scrcpy file for your platform, which you can download from the Scrcpy GitHub Releases page.
- A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC.
- An Android smartphone or tablet with USB debugging enabled, as described below.
How to enable USB debugging mode on Android
We have a full explanation of what USB debugging mode is, but you just need to know how to enable it for this process:
- Go to Settings > System > About phone (or Settings > About phone on older versions of Android).
- Scroll down and tap Build number seven times until you see a pop-up message that you are now a developer.
- Go back to Settings > System and enter the new one Developer options menu.
- Scroll down and enable USB debugging.
- Tap Okay to confirm the action when prompted.
The first step may be slightly different on the Android version of your device. In general, you should find the page with the current Build number and tap it seven times to enable developer options. You may see a prompt asking for your PIN, password, or pattern. With the right input, developer options will be enabled and you will be ready to mirror Android to PC via USB.
How to view your Android screen on PC or Mac via USB
Now that you’ve activated USB debugging mode, the rest is easy:
- Connect your Android phone to your PC via USB.
- Extract scrcpy to a folder on your computer.
- Carried out scrcpy app in the folder.
- It should detect your Android device automatically. If you have two or more phones connected, click Find devices and select your phone.
- Scrcpy will start up; you can now view your phone screen on your PC.
If you encounter errors when connecting your phone to a PC, please visit Scrcpy’s FAQ page for common problems and their solutions.
With this you are ready to go. Your mouse and keyboard work within Scrcpy, so you can launch any app you want and type in it too. There are plenty of mobile apps that don’t have a web client, so this is a great way to use your physical keyboard for your phone’s apps.
Why Scrcpy is the best way to mirror Android on any PC
Scrcpy is open source and free, with no in-app purchases or premium features. It is the best free app to display your Android screen on a PC for several reasons:
- You don’t need to install anything on your Android phone.
- It works on Windows, macOS and Linux.
- It mirrors your screen in real time.
- You can interact with your phone’s screen through your computer.
- For the tech-savvy, it includes a way to view your Android screen wirelessly on your PC over a TCP/IP connection over the same network.
- It is updated regularly.
The only real downside to using Scrcpy, compared to alternatives, is that it doesn’t forward audio from your Android mobile device to your PC. However, there are some solutions. One of them is download sndcpy, a similar GitHub repo or using an AUX cable and splitter. Both are somewhat complicated to configure, but they seem to work relatively well when forwarding audio.
How to mirror your Android screen to PC wirelessly
You don’t need a USB cable to mirror your Android phone to a PC. Technically, Scrcpy has a wireless mode, where you can connect your Android device and PC over the same Wi-Fi network. But it requires a little technical know-how. Do not worry; there are easier ways to view your phone’s screen on a computer over a wireless connection, such as AirDroid.
This requires you to download AirDroid on your computer and Android device, or use the AirDroid browser app in Chrome. Register and login on all devices and follow the steps below to set up mirroring.
How to mirror Android to PC with AirDroid
Make sure your computer and smartphone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Open on your Android device AirDroid and go to Me > Security and Remote Features > Screen Mirroring > Enable.
- Open on your PC AirDroid and click mirror.
- Grant permission on your phone by tapping Start now when android tells you AirDroid starts capturing everything on your phone.
This way your screen mirrors wirelessly on your PC. This is the easiest way to share your Android screen without the hassle of a cable. Moreover, AirDroid is a fantastic Android remote management app with tons of other features like file transfer, contacts copy, remote texting, backups and more.
Why Android Screen Mirroring to PC is better via USB than wireless
In general, we recommend mirroring your Android screen to a PC via USB connection. Wireless connections have a number of problems, such as:
- Wireless connections usually have higher latency. This results in a noticeable delay between actions on your mobile device and the video feed that displays them on your computer.
- It is more likely that the connection will be lost while using a wireless connection. In addition, it can be more challenging to reconnect via Wi-Fi.
- When you mirror Android to PC with a wireless connection, it usually reduces the overall video and audio quality compared to a USB connection.
More options for mirroring Android to your PC
Now you know how to mirror an Android to a PC through a few methods. In general, a wired connection beats wireless mirroring, but the convenience of wireless is hard to beat. Some brands offer built-in alternatives on their devices to make mirroring Android to PC even easier.
For example, if you have a compatible Motorola device, you can use Ready For to seamlessly connect to a wide variety of displays. Alternatives like Ready For are great because they are generally much easier to use than AirDroid and Scrcpy.